I think parents would agree with me, that it is very difficult to coast through like when you have kids! And likewise when you dine out with them, it is even more difficult to coast - we don't want to end up in a social media storm because some restaurant owner disagrees with how we are parenting! Anyway, the lovely Shores restaurant in Hornsby is making the dining out experience a lot easier for us, so perhaps for once, we can end up coasting through a meal.
So how are Shores doing this? With a little kids TV room that's how! Oh, and with a kids menu that doubles as a colouring sheet and includes vegetables; and with excellent toilet facilities that contain a baby change table; and with the all important good old fashioned service! And the best bit is, that Shores isn't some sort of daggy family restaurant, it is chic and beautifully styled, so it makes for the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or lunch as well as a special family dinner.
Shores only swung open its doors earlier this year. It is located on the outside of the Westfield Shopping Centre in Hornsby, just up from the big Water Clock. We rocked up to Shores for a late lunch on a Sunday. We didn't have a booking but luckily we didn't have to wait too long for a table. I do however advise that you ring ahead and make a booking for Saturday and Sunday lunch as this is one popular restaurant.
A huge wall of water greets you when you first enter Shores. We sat on lounges next to this whilst we waited for our table and of course the boys made every effort to try and work out how to get through the wall (you can't but they didn't know that). After a short while we were shown to our table and the colouring menu with a pencil case of crayons was immediately placed in front of the boys. We were also lucky enough to score the table right in front of the TV room (otherwise known as the TV pod), which meant that the boys hardly touched the colouring in. The TV pod is a small space towards the back of the cafe, there is bean bag type seating for kids to sit on and coloured in kids menus adorn the walls. A cartoon type of movie played for the entire time.
The kids menu is a tad on the expensive side and divided into Kids Favourites and Gourmet Kids. The boys went for their usual favourites of nuggets and chips, as well as the penne pasta. I loved how the nuggets and chips were served on plastic plates and I suggest if your kids want ice cream after their meal, that you have it at Shores, and not go to a certain ice creamery around the corner afterwards like we did, as you will be paying triple the price! If you dine at Shores at the beginning of the day there are two options for little ones to eat and they are both $8 - Little Nippers (a kids size bacon & egg muffin) or Little Farmers (boiled free range egg & toast). The boys were happy with table water when we dined, so we didn't sample anything off the drinks menu for them, however I have seen on ShoresFB page that they do one very cute babycino!
Mr Munch and I ate two completely different meals for lunch. He went for the very blokey Raging Bull burger ($20). This big boy was full of a 200g waygu beef pattie, melted swiss cheese, grilled bacon, lettuce & bbq sauce. It was crowned with battered onion rings and a then served with a big handful of beer battered chips - yep I heard his arteries creaking! I on the other hand went for the very lady like soup of the day. It was a carrot soup and came with a dollop of crème fraiche and a large side of toasted sourdough and golly gosh it was delicious, and perfectly warming on a cold winter's day. If neither of these options tickle your fancy they also serve salads, gourmet pizza, freshly made pasta with various sauces as well as quite a few steak and rib options from the grill.
Just to let you know a few other tid bits to make your dining experience at Shores a little bit easier - the best place to park is in the Westfield Parking, this is free for 3 hours; there is easy access for prams into the restaurant and I did see some diners have them parked right at their table, however it may be wise to ring ahead and advise the staff that you will have a pram with you; in warmer weather it would be great to sit on an outside table and then there would be loads of space for you and your pram; and lastly high chairs are also available.
Shores is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. They are an excellent option for each of these meals and if your kids can be happily entertained in the TV pod, you will perhaps be able to coast through your meal for once in relative peace!
236 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
Open 7 days